Thursday, July 31, 2014

What are you #reading?

If you happen to see this book at the bookstore, grab it. It's a really fun book. I won't be a party pooper and tell you what happens at the end. 

We loved The Magic Faraway Tree that we went back in time and got the first book in the series. If you are interested in this, get the boxed series. I think there are 3 or 4 books in the series. We also started reading Heidi. This version is a shortened version that is perfect for kids below 12 years old. I'm going to get the other classics in this Collection. It's actually a really good way to refresh and remember the classics (and catch up on the ones you've missed).

I found this at the BookSale store in Shoppesville for 100pesos. I got it because it's from the creators of The Gruffalo series, and we loved that series. The book is such a pleasant surprise --- it's a combination of catchy rhymes, wonderfully drawn pictures and the value of kindness. 

And on the Kindle...

What are you reading? Do share it here!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

What's in a #citysuper?

Mom had asked me to look for something specific, and we only had a few hours left before we had to go to the airport. But even in that quick trip, I managed to snap some pictures of stuff that I wished local grocery stores carried. A trip to any grocery store abroad would always make me feel like I am missing so much. Check these out and tell me if your mouth does not water.

Dark, dark Japanese kyoho grapes. I checked, they really are called kyoho, from "kyoho budo", literally meaning "giant mountain grapes."

Lots of Japanese condiments. I did not have time to check out each one but I did manage to grab a bottle of dashi granules. Hope to make some chawan mushi as soon as I figure out the instructions on the bottle!

Wagyu! At 20% off! We got a free taste too. No pictures of the free taste, we gobbled it up too quickly.

All kinds of organic stuff. This is organic pork fron Denmark - it came in all kinds of cuts. I can only find sinigang and adobo cut here in Manila.

I find it hard enough to source kale and arugula in Manila, let alone baby ones.

French foie gras flown fresh, now that's quite a mouthful. I am not a regular consumer of foie gras (disclaimer) because I've read how cruel some farms are to the geese. I am perfectly happy with chicken liver for my regular dose of vitamin A. But some of these, once in awhile, sure would be a happy pill.

I first tried mozzarella di bufala at a wet market in Rome. The lady picked up one ball, cut it in half, and drizzled some evoo on it. I was hooked. I later learned that the cheese had to stay in its own liquid, and kept constantly cold. No chance for me to bring it home. Finding it in hk means there's no need to go all the way to Europe to find it.

And for my grand finale... Jamon from Spain! Hubby and I love spanish tapas. The jamon iberico was a personal fave. There is a jamon counter in all citysuper stores to suit your fancy. Jamon is also quite easy to bring home too as the meat is naturally preserved, and the packaging is so flat. In fact, it was so flat, I misplaced ours and only found it again when we got back to Manila. Yup, I got to bring home a piece of citysuper!